Couple organizes blood drive

Mike and Sharon Lennox of Oak Park were determined to do something to assist their son, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Mike Lennox, Jr., currently serving in New Orleans.

“But what could we do from 1,000 miles away?” said Sharon Lenox, who decided to sponsor, along with Cornerstone-United Methodist Church, a blood drive and donation collection.

The blood drive, staffed by Lifesource, will take place in Scoville Square, 137 N. Oak Park Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. During that time, donations of money and specific items will be accepted and later delivered to needy families. The following items will be accepted: new/like-new blankets, medical first-aid kits, ice coolers, children’s diapers, children’s school supplies, adult diapers, female products, and airbeds.

?#34;Katherine Galo

Family bike/walk on Oct. 2

The second annual family bike and walk through Oak Park’s Ridgeland Historic District is set for Sunday, Oct. 2, setting off from Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave., at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m.

Last year, more than 220 bikers and walkers, more than half children, participated.

The route runs from Pleasant Home to the Lombard Avenue cul-de-sac at South Boulevard, with streets closed off along the route so everyone can enjoy the scenery without worrying about traffic.

Before the ride, participants can register their bikes and learn simple bike mechanics and safety. The Historical Society will sell copies of “Ridgeland Revisited,” a detailed guide to the historic district, before the ride.

For more information, call public works at 358-5700 or email publicworks

VOP hosts flu shot clinics

The Village of Oak Park is urging those most at risk to get flu shots at one of six community clinics scheduled for this fall. The village, citing information from the Centers for Disease Control, recommends the following people get shots:

? Children 6- to 23-months-old

? Those 65 and older

? People with long-term heart, lung, or kidney problems

? Health care personnel who are around patients

? Those who care for children younger than 6 months.

Flu shots are $20 and pneumoccocal shots are $25. Medicare B recipients must bring their Medicare cards to demonstrate eligibility for free flu shots. Medicare HMO recipients should check with their insurers before visiting a clinic, according to a village statement.

Call 358-5601, email health

Clinics will be held at:

Dole Center, 255 Augusta St.

3-6 p.m. Tues., Oct. 25

OP Fire Dept., 100 N. Euclid Ave.

1-4 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 27

Julian Middle School, 420 S. Ridgeland Ave.

1-4 p.m., Fri., Oct. 28

OP Fire Dept., 100 N. Euclid Ave.

1-4 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 3

OP Fire Dept., 100 N. Euclid Ave.

1-4 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 17

OP Conservatory, 615 Garfield Ave.

3-6 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 1

St. Edmund gives up PADS site to work on mold

Lynda Schueler, executive director of PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), the local homeless shelter program, which is about to start its 16th year of operation, confirmed Tuesday that St. Edmund, one of the original hosts, will no longer provide its Social Hall as the Tuesday night site.

Schueler said she was told that a bad case of mold has been discovered in the St. Edmund Rectory, necessitating the transfer of office space to the Social Hall. The situation could take years to rectify, Schueler was told.

“It’s temporary, but it could take awhile,” Schueler said.

In the meantime, First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., which already serves as the Monday night site, has volunteered to host Tuesday nights as well. St. Edmund held a volunteer recruitment drive this past weekend, Schueler said, and they are hoping to be able to staff the Tuesday night shelter with local volunteers.

“St. Edmund has always been very gracious to us,” said Schueler. “Yes, we’re disappointed, and a number of their congregation members are, too. But the parish has always been very committed to PADS, and we hope they will become a site again some day when they have a renovated rectory.”?#34;Ken Trainor

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